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Paper Tops

In minutes, you can make tiny tops that are durable and compulsively twirlable.

Introduction

You will want to make several of these paper tops since some are sure to find their way into friends' pockets.

Materials

  • Toothpicks
  • Thin strips of paper (quilling paper works well since it's already cut into long, thin strips)
  • Glue
  • Paint pens (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Paint toothpicks with paint pens if you like; let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Glue one end of a 24-inch-long strip of paper just above the toothpick's tip. Roll tightly, and secure the end with glue. 

  3. Step 3

    Glue on another strip and continue rolling; repeat about six times to make a disc 1 1/4 inches across.

  4. Step 4

    To decorate, glue on thinner strips in other colors. Press the coiled paper between thumb and fingers to shape the top

Source
Kids Good Things 2006, Special Issue 2006

Reviews (9)

  • PuterChyk 20 Oct, 2011

    Wow. If you pay attention to the instructions its really quite simple and very easy to understand. These are free crafts ladies and there's no reason to be rude because you do not understand. You are simply rolling paper strips of equal widths around a toothpick. Once complete, you'll have a solid 'ring' (or disc as they say) of paper. Use your fingers to shape into a top and voila... have fun!

  • crafter_laurie 3 Aug, 2011

    I'm stumped. I see how the first part is made, but I don't quite follow the leap from that small disc made of paper to the wider pieces of paper. A larger image of the work in process would definitely help! Can anyone explain this a bit more clearly please? It looks like a fun craft!

  • Wootle 18 Sep, 2010

    Karthurs, I'm SO with you on the size thing! Who'd post ANY kind of how-to without providing enlargements? It's just ridiculous! When I'm desperate, I right-click on the image and paste it into my graphic program, then zoom for as much detail I can squeeze out of a now-blurry image, but that doesn't always solve the problem. There's really no excuse for this carelessness/oversight/dismissal on the part of MS.

  • jnokleby 18 Sep, 2010

    Use a skewer, snip off the end if you don't want sharp. I have taught the little grandchildren how to spin quarters/nickels. Get the nack and they will have a blast.

  • jnokleby 18 Sep, 2010

    Hi, highlight the photo then right mouse click. SAVE PHOTO to file. I call mine MS CRAFTS. Then I can take and enlarge the photo as much as I want in my own photos. I can change the MB and even print for full view.

  • karthurs 18 Sep, 2010

    I love all of these crafts, but is it just me that I get soooooo frustrated that the site only ever provides tiny small images of the work, nearly impossible to see what is being done. Why can they not have a clickable enlargement of the graphics available. So frustrating!

  • daleykins 26 Aug, 2009

    1234sana, how did we ever survive our childhoods?? You will need something sharp so it will spin.

  • 1234sana 26 Aug, 2009

    I love it! Itn n n n n n s so cool. However, In n n n n n m afraid the kids will hurt themselves or other kids with that sharp toothpick(s). I prefer using some kind of plastic sticks that donn n n n n n t have sharp edge. It probably wonn n n n n n t work due it need to be spinning, either way, itn n n n n n s cool. Thanks.

  • jenni-fur 3 Jun, 2008

    oh sick!! that looks cool X_X